Sierra Nevada / Ninkasi Beer Camp Double Latte

 
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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

Inspired by the perennial caf favorite, Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregons Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.

This young-gun brewery has a locomotive charge. A rich conversation at a local bottle shop in 2005 has morphed into a Pacific Northwest staple. Named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasis first batch of beer was Total Domination IPA and it remains a must for those with a lupulin itch.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 7, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell The aroma of the beer is very sweet and delicious. It is heavy of a milk chocolate smell along with a rather strong caf latte smell. Some roasted malt smells as well as a good showing of vanilla and caramel are there as well. Some light toast and char smells mix with the rest to give a nice roasty and sweet smell overall that warms one just through the nose alone. Taste The taste begins sweet milk chocolate taste mixed with a good deal of roasted malt and a little bit of vanilla sweetness. As the flavor advances a latte like flavor starts coming to the tongue with a whole lot of smooth espresso and lactose/milk coming to the tongue. These flavors bring with them a very smooth and tongue coating cocoa-coffee milkshake like flavor to the taste. Some caramel and brown sugar also come to the tongue during this time sweetening the brew even more. While at 7.6 % only the tracest level of booze is detectable, with it blending quite nicely with a slight increase in lightly bitter coffee and mixing with the sweet and darker flavors to the brew to leave a very pleasant smooth and creamy mocha latte flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. These feels are perfect for the dark and robust mocha latte flavors of the brew and make for a nice sipping dessert style beer. Overall A big and robust smooth mocha latte flavored brew that soothes the mouth as well as the soul. This is a quite delicious sweet, lactose, and coffee flavored brew overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from the mix pack at Tipples. Pours dark brown to black with a big, late forming creamy khaki head. Big coffee aroma, lactose, roasted grains, some chocolate milk notes. Big smooth flavor of earthy coffee and sweet lactose, roastiness lingering in the finish, and even a hint of vanilla here. Lasting coffee notes and very pleasant on the tongue. Silky and smooth but only medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A very nice drinkable milk stout. I'll have more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Best in show from the Beer Camp Series. Truly delicious. Might rather have bought a full 12 pack of this brew. Bottle - Greens on Ponce - Atlanta, Georgia

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and a tan head. Aroma is a delicious chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. Flavor is coffee/cacao bitter with a hint of chocolatey sweetness. Light to medium body and very drinkable. Lingering burnt coffee chocolate bitterness. Best one in the box so far!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a nice dark body that supports a light mocha colored head. The aroma offers up lots of rich coffee notes as well as earthy coffee, dark roasted malts and a bit of spicy black licorice. The taste delivers some of the same notes with plenty of thick smooth rich coffee notes, some sweet malts, a mild lactose sort of feel and then some modest burnt malts to roasty maltiness. This has loads of dark roasted coffee goodness balanced by some earthiness and malt sweetness. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle; Pour is dark brown, with a two fingered, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. It retains fairly well, with sticky lacing presence into this glass. The nose is roasted coffee bean, chocolate cake, moving to lactose sugar and a hint of brown sugar. This is a sweet stout, and its quite nice. I mean , within the constraints of this box of beer camp. Im not sure if Id give it the top title though - I think that belongs to the bells iteration. The flavor profile is creamy, lactose sugar, moving to roasted coffee bean , and its quite nice actually. There is more cake presence, moving to brown sugar and light bittering - the mouthfeel is somewhat robust for the box, at least (the majority of the beers were on the thin side) - Overall . A nice attempt at the style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (6105) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2014
12oz bottle. Chunky brown black body with a steady beige/tan head. Thick, sweet chocolate coffee, specialty malt aroma. One solid Coffee Milk Stout. Nails it. One of the better dark beers Ive had lately. Huge flavors, but never overbearing, great mouthfeel. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 Bottle from Beer Camp Across America pack into snifter glass, opaque brown with dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, cream, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste adds notes of espresso, brown sugar, light char, faint vanilla and earthy hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, rich with coffee roast finish. This is a beer latte, very delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle shared by David - thanks again, David! Pours a deep coffee brown with some amber highlights around the edges and a small beige head. Both coffee and milky sweetness are immediately apparent, though the sweetness gives way more to the coffee as it warms. Chocolate, cream, roast. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, semi-roasty mouthfeel. Good coffee milk stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12596) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a brownish-black color with a medium thick beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of black coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is sweet with a mocha aftertaste. Pretty good all around.


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